Will Kostakis is an author from Sydney, Australia. He was a teenager when his first novel, Loathing Lola, was published. His sophomore, The First Third is an intimate portrait of a broken Greek-Australian family and the boy tasked with repairing it. Aimed at readers in Years 9 and above, the book looks at mortality, identity and the pressures of ‘growing up’.
His latest release, Sean is part of the new hit series for younger readers, Stuff Happens.
In 2005, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories. In 2014, Will won the Gold Inky Award, and was shortlisted for both the Prime Minister’s Literary and the Children’s Book Council: Book of the Year awards.
Author's Comment: I know it’s fashionable for kids to hate their parents/grandparents, especially in TV and film, but it’s something I never quite related to.
I was raised by my grandmother and mother while Dad committed himself to his do-over family. I couldn't "rail against" them because everything they did was for me and my brothers – theirs is a love I wanted to pay tribute to, to appreciate.